The Ataribox is Now Atari VCS and More Details are on the Way (Updated)
After rocking the working title of Ataribox, the storied game company has officially unveiled the name of its system, Atari VCS.
Update: 5/30/18: Atari has begun to accept pre-orders for the Atari VCS via its Indiegogo page. The page lists a ship date of July 2019, but details are still scarce.
Original Post 3/19/18: In anticipation of Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018, Atari has released a few new details regarding its much hyped, little detailed new system, with more promised for the show. The biggest bits of info include a closer look at the controller – or controllers – and a new title.
So meet Atari’s first original console since the Atari Jaguar was released in 1993: Atari VCS.
The new system is building on the back of Atari nostalgia as evidenced by the logo and the console itself, which will feature faux wood paneling in homage to the famous Atari systems of old (there will also be a more modern black and orange version). The name is also a callback, as the Atari 2600 was originally known as the “Atari Video Computer System.” It later officially changed its name to the Atari 2600 when the Atari 5200 was released in 1982.
Atari also released a close-up look at the controllers, one of which looks like an Xbox controller while the other is an updated version of the famed Atari joystick. It’s not clear how the old-school controller will blend with new school games, but it may be for specific titles, including retro games.
Beyond that, Atari is planning on offering a closer look at the system at GDC. What we do know is that the system will cost under $300, feature a Linux OS system, and – despite a few development delays that caused it to cancel a crowdfunding campaign – the system will likely be out within the next few months. It was originally set for Spring 2018, but it may not make that.
Atari went on to say that it is planning on revealing the pre-order date at GDC, which will be at some point in April. If you want in on the Atari VCS, you can also get ahead of the curve and sign up for the waitlist now.
“Every person at Atari and every partner involved with the new platform is just as fanatical about the brand and its heritage as our biggest fans are,” said Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices in the press release. “With the Atari VCS name, we know how important it is to get everything completely right and that’s why we briefly paused an imminent launch late last year. It was a difficult decision with the countdown underway, but we weren’t willing to go forward with even one thing out of alignment. We hope that Atari’s fans appreciate our extreme attention to detail and are as excited about the Atari VCS as we are.”
Expect more details on the Atari VCS during and after GDC.